We are pleased to offer these beautiful Mennecy Porcelain blush pots. The pots are decorated with hand-painted flowers in soft enamel colors. Made in the mid-18th century, circa 1750, they would have been found on the vanity of an aristocratic french lady. They were used to hold creams and lotions for the face. Blush pots (pots à fard) like these were one of the specialties of Mennecy. As part of French mid-18th century fashion the toilette pot is an example of a taste both frivolous and refined. These pieces are decorated with flowers painted naturalisticaly, in a pattern most frequently used by the painters of the Mennecy factory. The style is at the same time free and precise, and has a remarkable freshness of in its use of colors. The wonderful finials are in the form of delicate fraise de bois.
The Mennecy porcelain manufactory was one of the first French porcelain factories. From 1735 until 1773 the factory produced fine quality soft-paste porcelain wares. French soft-paste porcelains date to the early attempts by European potters to replicate Chinese porcelain by using mixtures of clay and glass frit. Like our pots, the body of the early Mennecy soft-paste wares has a creamy tone.
There was no gilding at Mennecy, instead, like our pots, the rims were painted in tones of pink.
The Mennecy, factory under the protection of the duc de Villeroy, marked many of its porcelains with an incised “DV” on the underside (our pair of pots is marked “DV”)
Provenance: Estate of John F. Ball, Greenwich, CT.
The bottom of the pieces are marked bearing the mark DV impressed
Dimensions: Diameter 2.25″ x 3.5″ Tall
Condition: Excellent with very, very slight rubbing to the painted edge of the cover
For an image of a similar pair of Mennecy blush pots see: Collection Grands Artisans d’ Autrefois Connaissance des Arts les porcelainiers du XVII siėcle français pg 148